Esports Game Series Blog: How to Get into Valorant

VALORANT is here and it is explosive! Here are all the basics you’ll need to know to dive in.

Dropped into a cel-shaded, pastel war front, walls of noxious green poison and bouncing shadow spheres barrage the battlefield at every turn. Ducking and darting through the hailstorm of bullets, you turn a corner to face an ambush of enemy players. Luckily, you aren’t alone, as suddenly from behind you, battle bots and electric arrows pierce the air as you charge headfirst into the fray.

VALORANT is the new team-based, five versus five first-person shooter, or FPS, a game from Riot Games, the company who brought us League of Legends, one of the most popular esports games in history. VALORANT has broken new ground in the FPS world and today, with the help of the Coastline Esports Club’s very own VALORANT veterans Ian Steenbergen (who goes by A Jelly Sandwich in VALORANT) and Guirguis (who goes by Gee in VALORANT), we will learn the what, the how and the why behind this exciting new game.

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(Thanks)Giving Tuesday

Here at Coastline we want to take a moment to talk about what #GivingTuesday (arriving December 1st) means to us, and, more importantly, to students.

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As of the publication of this blog, Thanksgiving is actually yet to finish, or even begin. So I’ll start by wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! But I’d like to jump ahead a week to discuss a very important day in the calendar: GivingTuesday.

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Esports Game Series Blog: How to Get into Esports

Esports is an immense, flourishing world filled with possibility. Are you ready to begin your competitive esports journey but don’t know where to begin? Here are some of the best tips and tricks to start your esports odyssey!

Video games have been a booming phenomenon since Pong graced computer screens in the ’70s. Since then, video games have evolved to become an ever-elusive and expanding ecosystem of entertainment. Esports, the growing professional sport of competing in various video games, has begun to take center stage as viewers and participants alike rally together under an already social distanced past time. From competitive to casual, computer to console, with hundreds of contrasting video games to choose from in between, esports is an exploding industry because of its diverse options and its soaring profitability. As one considering involvement and interest in competitive video games but late to board the esports train, the question may arise: where do I begin? Well, here’s your golden ticket. Let me be your guiding Willy Wonka through this Chocolate Factory of esports! Let’s start with picking out a platform for your esports passage.

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3 Best Ideas for College Students to Survive Black Friday 2020

Black Friday marks the end of Thanksgiving and the beginning of the Holidays. It also famously initiates a frugal frenzy that often parallels piranhas fighting over lunch. Here are the three best ideas to survive Black Friday 2020.

Ahh, Black Friday. The ceremonial “spend-money-but-save-money-spending-money” event of the year. I can smell it in the air. Fortunately, due to the lockdown rules of COVID-19 constricting again, the seasonal stampede, mad-dash, fifty-yard wait lines and Lucha libre-like wrestling over the year’s greatest deals will be cancelled. Instead, what once was “Cyber Monday” will undoubtedly morph into a “Cyber 5-Day Weekend”. We must be prepared. Here are three of the best ways that you, as a student, can tell your children that you survived, gave the best gifts, and became a champion of Black Friday 2020.

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Why Thanksgiving Is My Favorite Holiday

A reflection on such a community-oriented holiday, and why I love it, even minus the community in 2020 due to the pandemic.

A 2020 thanksgiving table setting, complete with autumnal placemats, colorful gourds, pine cones, and masks.

2020 has been quite a year. Words hardly do justice to the range of events that have pummeled our human shores, like waves crashing again and again on the beach. I won’t be able to list everything here; besides, there are innumerable personal tragedies, alongside the national and global ones, that have etched themselves into our lives that I simply don’t know about.

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College Disrupted – A Pandemic Gap Year Could Cost You $90k

90,000 is definitely a chunk of change. Find out how delaying college can cost that much or more, and what to do about it.

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What do you like to put off? Work? Chores? How about college? Because of the pandemic, more and more college-aged kids decided to delay starting their freshman year. There are a lot of reasons for this; some would say that in-person learning, surrounded by like-minded peers in the pursuit of…education? Partying? Both?… is an integral part of the college experience.

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The Next Generation of Gaming: Console Wars! PS5 or Xbox Series X (or Neither?)

Bigger, brighter, and better than ever, the new video game consoles are here! Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty to see which one will fuel your next generation of gaming.

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When I was eight years old, I would beg my parents to go over to my cousin’s house so that we could play on his Xbox together. When it was time for me to leave, my parents would drive me away from cherished moments playing Xbox with my cousin. After getting dragged home, another battle waged on between my three brothers over who got the most time on our family-owned PlayStation. Since PlayStation 1 and the original Xbox, the war between consoles has been an ongoing debate over which console is better: PlayStation or Xbox; and this week, that war continues as (much like our cell phones) the old consoles begin to be obsolete and the new consoles offer upgraded graphics, faster load times, newer games and bigger memory through the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. With new consoles comes competition over design, functionality, user-friendliness, games, esports, and subscriptions. These new consoles have launched this week; who will be the winner: Sony’s PlayStation 5, Microsoft’s Xbox Series X, or neither?

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10 Acts of Kindness To Do During the Pandemic

Kindness is key; it’s our secret superpower, and it’s time we started using it. Here are some ways to start.

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What does the world need right now, more than anything else? The best answer I come up with is some kind of collective, global, earth-shaking hug. But, since we still live in a pandemic, and that would probably be tough to organize anyway, I’ll settle for something just as good: small acts of kindness that can be practiced safely during these pandemic days.

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Honoring Our Veterans at Coastline College

A literary salute to our veterans and interviews with Michael Scott and Tom Boscamp of Coastline College on how to educationally serve those who served.

Wednesday, November 11 is Veterans Day. It is a chance to metaphorically, and perhaps literally, salute those who have given their time, their livelihoods, and maybe even their lives to serve our national interest in the United States, domestically or abroad. Since the end of the draft and the rise of the volunteer army, we civilians often keep our service members and veterans at a bit of an arms’ length distance. They remind us of global conflicts that seem far away and perhaps call to mind uncomfortable truths about human nature and ourselves.

What is the net affect of this distance? It’s tough to say with 100% certainty, but it’s worth pointing out that the rate of veteran suicide is approximately 1.5 times higher than non-veterans. It’s a sobering and saddening statistic; it should make you angry too. The prevailing notion in the U.S. is that we take care of our own, but I have to ask myself at least whether that’s true.

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Top 6 Reasons Why College Students Should Join their eSports Club

A national quarantine is rough on everybody and everything. . . except eSports! There has never been a better time to get involved in your college’s eSports Club.

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Esports is taking the world by storm. With social distancing, restricted gathering, and persistent face masks, the virtual “stay-at-home” element of eSports has increased the overall viewers and eSports gamers to 495 million globally (almost as high as baseball) with a projection to soar even higher.

As a college student, there couldn’t be a better time to be involved with eSports (especially our very own blossoming Coastline Esports Club). Here, in no particular order, are the top 6 reasons why:

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